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Gene Therapy Net is the web resource for patients and professionals interested in gene therapy. The objectives of Gene Therapy Net are to be the information resource for basic and clinical research in gene therapy, cell therapy, and genetic vaccines, and to serve as a network in the exchange of information and news related to above areas. In addition, Gene Therapy Net provides an overview for sponsors and researchers of the different international regulations and guidelines associated with clinical gene therapy trials. For resources pertaining to regenerative cell therapy and clinical treatment, check out R3 Stem Cell.

UK biotech AlveoGene launches with plans for inhaled gene therapy

Posted on: 16 September 2023, source: BiopharmaDive
The company aims to capitalize on research by the Respiratory Gene Therapy Consortium, and is working first on a treatment of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. The unusual approach could be a way to more reliably deliver gene therapies directly to the epithelial cells of the lungs. The company said preclinical research suggests its technology — dubbed InGenuiTy — could work with high efficiency and long-lasting effects. AlveoGene aims to bring its first candidate, a treatment for patients with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency or AATD, into clinical testing over the next two to three years. The company said it will also look to combine its platform with other technologies to target additional diseases such as lung surfactant deficiencies and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
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Gene Therapy Targets Chronic Pain

Posted on: 28 August 2023, source: Medgadget
Scientists at New York University have developed a gene therapy for chronic pain. The technology works by targeting the NaV1.7 sodium ion channel present on neurons, which is an important component of the pain response. The researchers encoded a version of a peptide that allows a modulatory protein, called CRMP2, to bind to NaV1.7 sodium ion channels and modulate their activity. Treating neurons so that they now express this peptide interfered with the ability of CRMP2 to affect the sodium channel, reducing the transmission of pain. As chronic pain affects a large number of patients, new treatments such as this could be set to make a real difference in many lives.
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Gene therapy eyedrops restored a boy's sight. Similar treatments could help millions

Posted on: 26 July 2023, source: Albuquerque Journal
Dr. Alfonso Sabater pulled up two photos of Antonio Vento Carvajal’s eyes. One showed cloudy scars covering both eyeballs. The other, taken after months of gene therapy given through eyedrops, revealed no scarring on either eye. Antonio, who's been legally blind for much of his 14 years, can see again. The teen was born with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, a rare genetic condition that causes blisters all over his body and in his eyes. But his skin improved when he joined a clinical trial to test the world’s first topical gene therapy. That gave Sabater an idea: What if it could be adapted for Antonio's eyes?
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Gene therapy approved by FDA for certain boys with rare genetic condition

Posted on: 10 July 2023, source: NBC Chicago
A new gene therapy treatment gained FDA approval last month to treat boys ages four and five with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare and deadly genetic disorder that leads to muscle degeneration. Connor Stoll from Chicago was the first patient in the nation to receive the infusion as part of a clinical trial at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in January 2018.
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FDA Needs More Cell, Gene Therapy Mid Managers to Speed Reviews

Posted on: 8 June 2023, source: BloombergLaw
The FDA is struggling to hire mid-level managers in cell and gene therapies as the agency looks to fill more than 100 slots in this burgeoning field and remedy slow responses to drugmakers.
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Biology Professor Venigalla Rao Makes Breakthrough on Gene Therapy Research

Posted on: 31 May 2023, source: Catholic University
A new gene therapy technology being developed on campus could open the doors to healing and curing a variety of ailments, according to new research by Biology Professor Venigalla Rao published May 30 in the international scientific journal Nature Communications. Rao is the founding director of The Catholic University of America’s Bacteriophage Medical Research Center devoted to researching the therapeutic potential of a type of virus called bacteriophage T4 that grows on E.coli bacteria that cannot infect humans and many of which are part of a healthy body’s microbiome.
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Multisystemic Smooth Muscle Dysfunction Syndrome (MSMDS)

Posted on: 2 May 2023, source: MSMDS community
Multisystemic Smooth Muscle Dysfunction Syndrome (MSMDS) is an ultra rare disease caused by a mutation in the gene ACTA2 that results in a malfunction of the smooth muscle cells in the whole body. Fixed and congenital dilated pupils, patent ductus arteriosus/aorto pulmonary window and other complications related to the bladder, lungs and guts, are the common manifestations of this mutation with only 60 diagnosed people in the world, most of them children. Join the 2023 MSMDS Conference taking place May 5-7 in Boston and online.
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